Pakistan Prime Minister-elect Imran Khan gifted signed cricket bat from Indian team

Waseem Ahmed 11/08/2018
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Pakistan Prime Minister-elect Imran Khan with Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria. Image: Govt of India/Twitter.

Pakistan‘s Prime Minister-elect and former captain Imran Khan was presented a cricket bat signed by the Indian team when India’s High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria visited him at his residence.

Imran’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf emerged as the single largest party in the July 25 election. He will take oath as Prime Minister on August 18.

The Indian envoy met Imran at his Banigala residence in the suburbs of Islamabad.

Bisaria also felicitated Imran on behalf of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed various bilateral matters.

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Out-of-favour Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam pushed to cricketing wilderness

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Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam.

Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam must be a confused man nowadays. For nearly a decade, the left-hander has consistently been one of the best performing batsmen in first-class cricket in the country with more than 10,000 runs to his name at an average of 55. But he hasn’t played for Pakistan in Tests since 2009, in ODIs since 2015 and T20s since 2010.

Despite scoring heavily over the years, Fawad had failed to get a look in. In fact this year, selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said even though the 32-year-old has been consistent, now there are others better than him. “I am not sure why Fawad wasn’t picked in the past before me but if you ask me about my tenure as chief selector, I have seen better players,” Inzamam had said in April.

Not only is Fawad well and truly out of favour in the cricketing establishment, he is now not even among the top 33 players in the country.

The Karachi batsman failed to land a central contract in the new list announced by the Pakistan board that saw a big pay hike for all players. That even promising players in domestic cricket have been given a new Group E contract makes it more difficult to ascertain why Alam wasn’t deemed worthy of a contract.

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Windfall for Pakistan players as PCB raises match fees and monthly remuneration

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Pakistan Cricket Board raised match fees and monthly remuneration of all centrally contracted players across categories after unveiling a new list on Monday.

The PCB, after consultation with captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik, reached a new three-year ‘Financial Remuneration Agreement’ with players.

According to a PCB press release: “In the new central contracts, PCB has raised the monthly remuneration for each of its categories ranging between 25-30 per cent, and has also increased its players match fees by 20 per cent across categories. An agreed percentage increase will also be given to the players in years two and three of the new agreement.”

Also, a new ‘E’ category has been added to the list to recognise performers on the domestic circuit.

According to Samaa TV, players in Category A will be paid around rupees 800,000 (Dh24,000) per month while those in Category B will take home half a million rupees a month with Category C players getting rupees 350,000 a month. The monthly package of Category D players is reported to be rupees 200,000 and Category E cricketers are expected to get 100,000.

Here is the new central contract list.

Category A: Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Amir

Category B: Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Hafeez, Hasan Ali

Category C: Shan Masood, Haris Sohail, Wahab Riaz, Imam-ul-Haq, Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Abbas

Category D: Rumman Raees, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Usman Salahuddin, Rahat Ali

Category E: Bilal Asif, Saad Ali, Mir Hamza, Umaid Asif, Sahibzada Farhan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan

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